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Merry Christmas 2014

Well, here we are again. We are at the point of culmination: the culmination of all the decorating, all  the shopping, all the hustle & bustle, Christmas cards mailed, and yes – all of the waiting. What, waiting? Yes, waiting. You have been waiting, haven’t you?

Our home in Keller, Texas is beautifully decorated, thanks to the vision and creativity of my lovely wife. We have a beautiful Christmas tree beneath which lies a plethora of colorfully wrapped packages waiting to be opened. The sugar count in our kitchen is at an all time high with cookies and other holiday treats. Our staircase is decorated with faux pine garland interwoven with lovely white lights and our fireplace is decked out as well, complete with stockings hung by the chimney with care. The shopping is done – almost. I traditionally shop on Christmas Eve; not as an act of procrastination but because I enjoy it. Indeed, the Strege’s invest heavily in the traditions of the season and we enjoy it.

Some refer to the Christmas festival traditions as “trappings”. I understand why that is. If we’re not careful, Christmas becomes all about the trees, the lights, the goodies, and the presents. And while those things are fun and can bring some degree of happiness into our season, they are not what Christmas is all about for those of us who have put our faith and trust in Jesus.

As a Christian, there is not a doubt in my mind that the true “reason for the season” was born of a virgin and laid in a manger in a town called Bethlehem some 2,000 years ago. He died on a cross to save all who believe in Him from our sins, and was resurrected 3 days later. In Him and Him alone, death was swallowed up in victory! Without Him, my hope for eternity, and yours as well, is quite bleak. But through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we have the hope of eternal life in His amazing presence. Indeed, we are at the culmination of Advent – that period of anticipation as we wait to joyfully celebrate the birth of our Savior.

This morning, as I prepare to embark on my traditional Christmas Eve shopping excursion, the birth of our Savior is at the forefront of my mind. I hope it is at the forefront of yours, too. I wish you and all for whom you care a very Merry Christmas indeed!

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which well be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, which is Christ the Lord!” ~ Luke 2:10-11

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which well be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, which is Christ the Lord!” ~ Luke 2:10-11

Merry Christmas 2013

It’s Christmas Eve already!? Where did the time go?

I find myself asking that question every year as we hustle to get ready for church, followed by our family’s traditional Christmas Eve dinner at Brio, followed still by wrapping gifts that will be torn open tomorrow morning. In the midst of our hustle and bustle, a little baby patiently awaits our attention.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” ~ Luke 2:8-14

As the baby Jesus rested in his makeshift nursery in a barnyard stable, angels delivered the good news of His birth to the lowliest people on earth – the shepherds. They deliver the good news to you and me, too.

As we enjoy the traditions of our Christmas celebration, my prayer for my family and yours is that the centerpiece of this beautiful holiday is always that precious Babe of Bethlehem, God Incarnate, come to Earth in human form to offer the ultimate sacrifice for our sins.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ~ Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas from my family to yours. Taken at First Baptist Church, Keller, TX 12.24.2013

Merry Christmas from my family to yours. Taken at First Baptist Church, Keller, TX 12.24.2013

Merry Christmas, Fellow Texans!

I have long been frustrated with the militant atheists who insist on removing any acknowledgement or mention of religious tradition from public places. Not only do they desire to not practice religion (which is their right), they don’t want anybody else to, either – at least not in public (which is my right).

My frustration is not with their taking a position; it is with our courts that have supported their position. The Constitutional question of what “freedom of religion” means has been twisted out of sync with our Founders’ original intent. The fact that the state does not sponsor a religion was not intended to preclude we citizens from practicing our religion and displaying symbols of our religion in the public places paid for by our tax dollars. Unfortunately, some judges, choosing to legislate from the bench, disagree with that interpretation. Their rulings have effectively moved our country towards the state-sponsored religion of Atheism.

The judicially sponsored religion of Atheism has reduced many Americans to such silliness as erecting “holiday trees” in our schools, changing “Christmas break” to “winter break”, and narrowing the choice of music for the school choir concert to secular winter tunes. Many Americans are even afraid to greet their neighbors with a cheery “Merry Christmas” for fear of persecution.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thankfully, my great state of Texas has taken a stand against such silliness in the form of legislation passed last week. Dubbed the “Merry Christmas” bill, it passed easily in the Texas House and Senate and was signed into law by Governor Perry last Thursday. Our new law protects Texans and Texas schools from legal action stemming from the display of religious symbols. Symbols of all religions enjoy equal protection under this law, which I believe is consistent with the intent of our Founding Fathers as they drafted our Constitution.

Some will attack this bill as trivial. Others will say that Texas has taken a step backwards from the so-called “progress” that the anti-religious segment of society believes they’ve achieved. Me? I applaud my legislature and my governor for defending our Constitutional rights when our Federal courts and Federal legislature have failed to do so.

I can’t wait for December 25. It will be a Merry Christmas in Texas, indeed!

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